Thursday 28th February 2013

Pillow Talk!
Recently while Liz Newport was visiting a patient in South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel, she was talking to some nurses about her observation regarding the apparent lack of pillows in the A&E Dept. The nurses said there was a severe shortage of pillows particularly in the A&E. So Liz had the brainwave that it might be a good idea to invite people to ‘Buy a Pillow’ (or part pillow) for STGH which would enhance the stay of any person who has to use this facility considering there probably isn’t a house in the Fethard area or its environs who have not used the A&E Dept. at some stage or another.
After contacting stores in the hospital they said that due to Health & Safety reasons Liz would not be able to purchase the pillows herself but a donation towards them would be very much appreciated. One pillow costs €12 and the rubber cover for it costs €5 which is a total of €17. If anyone reading this is interested in this scheme, donations can be handed into Joan O’Donohoe, Tirry Community Centre, Barrack Street, Tel: (052) 6131000 or to Liz Newport, The Valley, Fethard.

Your support in this matter would be greatly appreciated and the scheme could be called, ‘The Feather Pillows from your Fethard Friends’. The closing date for donations is on March 31, 2013, which happens to be Easter Sunday so maybe this could be an alternative Easter gift?

Go for Life Games
Following on for the very successful Go for Life Games Workshop held in Fethard Ballroom on Tuesday afternoon, February 12, the group has decided to meet every Tuesday afternoon commencing on Tuesday, February 26, at 2pm.

The games played are based on what Go for Life groups play across Ireland. 'Lobbers' is an adaptation of the game Boules. 'Scidil' is a type of ten pin bowling or skittles but more difficult as it is played with one skittle. The third game, 'Flisk', is a cross between Frisbee and the fairground favourite, horseshoe pitching.  All adults from Fethard and further afield are invited to attend.  These games give an element of relaxed competition and will be included in an ‘All Ireland’ competition later in the year. 

For further details contact the South Tipperary Sports Partnership office on 062 64783, email info@stsp.ie or drop into the Fethard Ballroom on Tuesday afternoon for an enjoyable afternoon.

Community Games
Best of luck to the following young people who have all qualified for the County Finals of the Community Games Art Competition which will take place in the Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel on this coming Saturday, March 2, at 2pm.

Under 8: Jenna Coen, Ciara Donald Besso, Jack Davey, Joseph O'Flynn. Under 10: Eimear O'Sullivan, Hannah Connorton, Ciaran McGuire, Dara O'Meara. Under 12: Sinead Regan, Holly Broomfield, Ben Coen, Matthew Burke. Under 14: Holly Keating, Laura O'Donnell, Conor Harrington, Gavin Mullally. Under 16: Cassie Needham.

Good luck also to Cathal Ryan, Killusty who will compete in the county final of the boys’ swimming on Sunday next March 3. Entries are now closed for this event.

Community Games Area Art results
Girls Under 6 Tots Non Qualifiers: 1st Katelyn O’Brien, 2nd Jasmine Brennan, 3rd Maria Brett.

Boys Under 6 Tots Non Qualifiers: 1st Christoire Sheehy, 2nd Charlie Walsh, 3rd Richard Murphy.

Girls Under 8: 1st Jenna Lou Coen, 2nd Ciara Donald Besso, 3rd Sharkira Bradshaw.

Boys Under 8: 1st Jack Davey, 2nd Joseph O’Flynn, 3rd David O’Brien.

Girls Under 10: 1st Eimear O’Sullivan, 2nd Hannah Connorton, Joint 3rd Kelly Ryan, Heather Spillane and Emma Lyons.

Boys Under 10: 1st Cianan McGuire, 2nd Dara O’Meara, 3rd Conor Neville.

Girls Under 12: 1st Sinead Regan, 2nd Holly Broomfield, 3rd Jessica Gainford.

Boys Under 12: 1st Ben Coen, 2nd Matthew Burke, 3rd Michael Quinlan.

Girls Under 14: 1st Holly Keating, 2nd Sarah Carroll, 3rd Laura O’Donnell.

Boys Under 14: 1st Conor Harrington, 2nd Gavin Mullally, 3rd Stephen Crotty.

Girls Under 16 1st Cassie Needham.

Convent Community Hall going from strength to strength
Fethard Convent Community Hall is going from strength to strength, its like the new hub in our community. The youth club is in full swing on Monday nights and between Pilates, Zumba, Dance revolution, Bunny Hop and various other classes it’s all systems go. It is also the ‘in’ place to have your birthday party and kids of all ages love the place. Not forgetting the new Parent/Minder Toddler group that meet every Thursday morning at 11am for a chat and a cup of coffee while the children play in a clean safe environment and all for only €2 per adult.

For any information about activities happening in the hall or to make a booking please phone Joan at (052) 6131000 or Pamela at 086 8743752 (evenings).

Internet services extended
Extra opening hours are now available to anybody wishing to use the computer internet in the convent community hall along with morn opening hours we are open Monday to Friday from 7pm to 8.30pm. Tea/coffee can be purchased from Janice or Norman in the hall while you browse the net.

Movie Nights
We tried our first movie night last Friday night at 7.30pm and we had 26 boys and girls which wasn’t bad for week one. We are hoping to show movies for different age groups on different nights / days of the weekend so that all age groups are catered for. We ask all parents to support us on these nights and encourage their children to go to the movie best suited to their age group. Its great to be able to offer this service to our children and with so much antisocial behaviour in our society at the moment parents should avail of this opportunity to know where your children are and what they are doing. To check out upcoming movies check out ‘Fethard Community Hall’ on Facebook.

Jimmy Crowley for Crocanoir
The concert series at Crocanoir continues on Wednesday, March 6, at 8.30pm with legendary troubadour Jimmy Crowley. Jimmy is a unique character with a charm that draws the listener into his quirky world. He is one of the most popular entertainers to come our way and his annual visit is eagerly anticipated. Thanks to everyone for continuing to support the musical adventure at Crocanoir. Contact: (052) 9153117 or 086 8907329.

Fethard sports achievement award nominees for February
The following nine people were nominated for the February ‘Fethard Sports Achievement Award’, promoted by Butler’s Sports Bar in Fethard. The aim is to recognise and reward sporting achievement be it at participation, coaching or administration level. Nominees must be over 18 and from Fethard parish, work in Fethard, live in Fethard (play for Fethard teams) or from Fethard but participate in sport elsewhere.

(1) John Keane – A Fethard native who recently received the Tullamore G.A.A. person of the year award for 2012. John played a pivotal role with both Minor and Junior winning teams last year.

(2) Kelly Anne Nevin – Recently won Badminton’s Tipperary Division 2 singles title for the second year in a row. Kelly Anne is a member of the Grange club.

(3) Mouse Morris – Continued his winning ways in February with 2 more impressive winners. He saddled ‘Carry Each Other’ to win a chase in Thurles followed by ‘Rathlin’ to win a hurdle race in Clonmel on Thursday last.

(4) Mary Kenrick – A member of the Slievenamon Golf Club, she recently won the Senior Alliance at The Gold Coast Golf Club near Dungarvan.

(5) Fintan Rice – Since January has won five Clonmel AC 4 k road races. He has also finished 5th in a very strong field at the Moyne Templetuohy 5k.

(6) Justin McGree – A native of Kilkenny City who is head coach to Fethard Patrician Presentation senior boys volleyball team. They are currently training for the All-Ireland final to be played on March 8.

(7) Harry Kelly – A young local horse trainer who saddled ‘Railway Zira’ to victory in a bumper race at Fairyhouse recently. He also topped the sales this month at Cheltenham with his charge Moyle Park.

(8) Fethard Athletic Club – Formed in 1953 and still going strong. The club recently fielded ten runners both male and female in the county novice championships, something not seen since the 1980s.

(9) David Flanagan – Well known local greyhound trainer who trained three dogs to victory in one night recently at Thurles track. He also received the award for Top Private Trainer at the track for the second year in a row.

The February winner will be announced this coming Friday night, March 1, at a function in Butlers Sports Bar. All are welcome. Nominees for March 2013 are now being taken and can be handed in to Philip Butler at Fethard Sports Bar, Main Street, Fethard, before 6pm on Friday, March 22, or emailed to: sportsaward@fethard.com

Free draw for Tom Weston’s hardcover book
The second winner of Tom Weston’s hardcover signed copy of ‘Feathered: being a fairy tale’ is: Helena McCormack, Stubbenkammerstr.5, 10437 Berlin. We now have one more copy of his book to give away. The third draw will take place on Monday, March 4. Please enter once only as your entry will be carried forward from week to week. To enter our free draw please email your name, full postal address and telephone number to: competition@fethard.com or post to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard, Co. Tipperary. The book is available for sale online at www.amazon.co.uk

Vyvienne Long with the Balanescu String Quartet

Vyvienne Long with the Balanescu String Quartet will play a concert in Fethard’s medieval Holy Trinity Church on this Thursday, February 28, with a Cheese and Wine reception at 7.30pm and concert starting at 8pm. Tickets are €18 and can be had from McCarthys Hotel, Main Street. Booking at Tel: 086 8119625.

Anglers AGM
Fethard and Killusty Anglers will hold their annual general meeting on this Friday night, March 1, in the Tirry Community Centre at 8pm. All are welcome.

Social Dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Dancing at Fethard Ballroom next Sunday night, March 3, to the music of Dermot Lyons. All welcome to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment and social dancing.

Fethard GAA
In the U21 football Anner Gales were defeated in both their games by Commercials and Moyle Rovers and in the county minor league Anner Gales defeated Moyle Overs by 2-11 to 1-8.

Junk Kouture entry needs your votes
Congratulations to Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School’s entry ‘Anything Could Happen’, which has been selected for the Regional Finals of the Junk Kouture Competition in Limerick on March 14. The team members are Kate Quigley (model), Niamh Crotty and Niamh Morrissey and the dress is knit and woven from 'bale wrap', and as all outfits have to incorporate electrical waste, all the accessories including the head piece are made from electrical copper wire. The theme of the competition is 'Re-Use, Re-Cycle and Re-Fashion'.

Online voting for the semi-final of the competition is during this week, from 9am on Monday, February 25, to midnight Friday, March 1. Please remember everyone can vote once per day. All we ask you is to please vote online at www.junkkouture.com for ‘Anything Could Happen’.

We would also like to congratulate the school’s other spectacular entry ‘Cailín Scrúdu’, made completely from old exam papers by Kate O’Donnell and Hannah Tobin. The girls worked really hard on their entries over the last few months and are a credit to the school and to their teacher Ms Looby. Please give them your support this week.

Patrician/Presentation Jottings

Lourdes Quiz
The Parents’ Association’s Table Quiz in aid of the Lourdes Fund will be held in the school’s Study Hall on Monday next, March 4, at 8.30pm. There will a good selection of prizes for the winning tables and a raffle is being held in conjunction with the quiz. Raffle tickets are available in the school. Entry: €28 per table for adults and €5 per student. The school sends two 5th Year pupils annually as helpers with the Diocesan Pilgrimage and we feel that this is both a wonderful and a life-changing experience for them. Last year Aisling Costin and Molly O’Dwyer represented the school in Lourdes. The Parents’ Association thanks most sincerely retired staff members Mr and Mrs Prendergast who continue to help with the organisation of the quiz. Your support for the event would be appreciated.

Final Enrolment Date and Entrance Assessment
The Entrance Assessment for incoming First Years will be held in the school on Saturday, March 9. The parents of 6th Class pupils, who have not already filled out enrolment forms, should contact the school as soon as possible at (052) 6131572 for details of the enrolment morning.

The Junior Girls Volleyball qualifying round for the Cup competition took place in Thurles on Friday, February 22. Fethard had two great performances, winning easily against Ennis and Thurles. The team was captained by Kate Davey who had a very strong performance on the day. Fethard were then narrowly beaten by Doon in their third match but successfully made it into the Cup Competition. The girls competing were as follows: Kate Davey, Megan Coen, Ciara Hayes, Emily Whyte, Cassie Needham, Sadhbh Horan, Molly O’Meara, Emma Cronin and Tara Regan. The team was accompanied by two 3rd Year students, Nathan Costin and Louise Fitzgerald who refereed all matches. Both of these pupils successfully completed a Volleyball Ireland referee course earlier in the year.

School Transport Scheme
From February 18, a bus under the School Transport Scheme will provide transport to Patrician/Presentation Secondary School from Lisronagh Village. Further details from the school at (052) 6131572.

Thanks from Epilepsy Ireland
On behalf of Epilepsy Ireland and Sandra Maher we would like to thank the following people for their help with Epilepsy Irelands recent Valentines Rose Appeal which raised €757. A huge thank you to all the staff of Centra in Fethard especially Pamela Lawlor who allowed us to sell outside the store and to all staff of Glenpatrick Spring Water and South Tipperary General Hospital who also contributed to the event. A special thanks to Majella Croke, Fiona Conway and Jean Morrissey for all their help on the day and in making it such a success and to all those members of the public who supported us by buying roses - we are extremely grateful for your support.

Also sincerest thanks to those who supported Sandra’s effort in raising €1,141 in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon last year, especially to Sandra’s family and friends and Fethard Ladies Football and St. Rita’s Camogie Club, it was very much appreciated. – Glenna Gallagher, Epilepsy Ireland.

Fethard & District Rugby Club  
Fethard Under 7s travelled to Galbally last Sunday for some fun games of rugby. This select team of Emily Fox, Finn Madigan, Sean Ryan and Andrew Connorton worked well together and put in great work resulting in some fine tries.  Sean Ryan and Finn Madigan showed fast hands and great running skills to go with their enjoyment of the game. This complimented the quick thinking of Emily Fox whose great tipping and recycling was ably assisted by Andrew Connorton who was fine with his support on the wings and great tip offs as well as his fine ball handling work.

Fethard U8s had a super game against Kilfeacle.   The whole team put in a fine performance. Oisín Shelley had a fantastic first game for his team.  Andrew Wall was a fearsome tackler and Jack Quinlan showed fine speed and quick thinking. Tomas Ryan continued his strong tackling and William Cleere robbed ball and tackled to great effect to end with a score. Robbie Noonan was fine in carrying ball and Michael Blake showed sharp thinking with his ball recycling resulting in a try.

Fethard U9s played Galbally and Kilfeacle. James McCormack was fearless with his quick offloads which put him in for a try in the second game and also lined up Charlie Cummins to score. Michael Long gave strong support to Ben Ruttle. Jack Cleere was ripping off the opposition to great effect with Michael Ryan tackled showing fine spirit. James Ryan is a great organiser of the team and special thanks to Thomas Murphy for his assistance with this team.

Fethard U18 Girls travelled to Mallow with Thurles for a tough game. The team was: Aobh O'Shea, Leah Fox, Aishling Kelly, Molly O’Dwyer, Aoife Delaney, Karen Hayes and Amy Thompson Tynan. Next week, Saturday, March 2, Fethard will travel to play and combination team from Clonmel and Carrick in the Munster U18s competition.

Fethard U10s played three games, won one, lost one and drew one. We took on Bruff and were beaten by the narrowest of margins. We drew our second game against Galbally and won our last game against Bruff in convincing fashion. Fethard had nine players who gave their all. Josh Rowan and Luke Fox were always to the fore with Toby Collier like a terrier digging the ball out of the rucks. Eoin O’Dwyer, Sean Ryan, Aidan Fitzgerald and Cian Ahearne tackled like their lives depended on it and set up our two whippets Robert Barton and TJ Murphy for some excellent tries. Other try scores were by Josh Rowan and Aidan Fitzgerald. Please note we have a Munster U10 blitz at home this Saturday.

Our U11s played Kilfeacle first and lost it in the first half but were much better in the second half. We had two great games against Bruff, one win and one draw.

Fethard U12s played Galbally and Kilfeacle. The first game was a bruising battle, losing one of our players with an ankle injury. We eventually got going only to lose 3-2. Our next game against Kilfeacle was a tough game and we lost three more players to injury in the first half. Again we only lost out by a single score, 4-3.

Fethard U14s secured a good win on Saturday last away to Dungarvan by 25 points to 10. Jack Dolan scoring three tries and Josef O'Connor and Jak Kealy were others to touch down. Jack O'Rourke, Aaron Smullen, David McCormack, Barry McGrath, Harry Butler and Lorcan Ivor's were others to shine. The team was captained admirably by Oran Ivors, who leaves for Australia this week. All his teammates and coaches wishes him well.

Fethard U15s had a great win in the cup over Cashel running out deserving winners by 13 points to 12. Fethard scored two early tries by Bill Phelan and Ross McCormack and a penalty by Gary Kavanagh to lead 13-0 at half time. Cashel came back in the second half scoring two tries but some great defence by Mark Heffernan, Tommy Murphy, John Clancy, Tim Daly, and man of the match Michael Gaynor saw Fethard hang on for a great victory.

Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The numbers drawn on February 20, were: 2, 9, 15 and 16. We had no jackpot winner and three ‘Match Three’ winners who received €50 each: Liam Hayes, Red City, Fethard; Anne Marie Kenny, Killusty, Fethard; and Patricia Maher, Kilnockin Road, Fethard.

The three following ‘Lucky Dip’ winners won €50 each: P. Russell, Ballydonnell, Mullinahone; Dinny Shine, The Valley, Fethard; and Dermot Darcy, St. Patricks Place, Fethard.

Remember you can purchase your lotto ticket online at fethard.com. Buy seven weekly tickets and get one free! Check on the website for lots of special offers.

Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, February 27 and the Jackpot is €7,600 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €760. All proceeds go towards community work in Fethard.

New Tipperary Rangers
Its twelve months since the New Tipperary Rangers monument was unveiled in Ballinure and as promised on that day we will assemble again to pay homage and tribute to the men, boys and women of yesteryears from that iconic place. With this being the year of the gathering it would be important that the brethren from surrounding areas would come together and say a few prayers for those that are gone but not forgotten and equally for those that are hale and hearty. Those that missed the unveiling last year by Michael Fanning will get another chance to join in the gathering on Saturday, March 9, at 2pm at Noan, Ballinure. Videos and photographs will be on display of past Rangers teams.

Fethard News
Items for inclusion on the weekly Fethard News page on The Nationalist can be emailed before noon on Mondays to news@fethard.com or delivered by hand to Joe Kenny, Rocklow Road, Fethard.



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